Learning Remotely

Remote instruction will continue to be a component of the curriculum. As Instructors and others work hard to move their content online and adapt their pedagogy, remote learners also need to prepare to access and make the most of this new format for instruction.

Below on this page, you will find policies developed for Spring 2020 learning and links to a range of other resources including health and wellness and support for students with disabilities and for international students.

  • On the “Getting Started” page you will find basic information on tools that will be used in spring Instruction and how to access training.
  • On the “Learning Practices” page you will find information you may find useful in developing your learning strategy for remote instruction.
  • The “Tutoring” page has a growing aggregation of links to supports for learning.
  • On the “Other Learning Resources” page includes general resources to support you and opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
  • The “FAQs” page has frequently asked questions and answers to support you in learning remotely.

We understand there are personal, logistical, and financial challenges to these extraordinary measures. University leadership and your academic units are here to support you. Please look for communications and instructions from your home unit.

See general information on the University’s COVID-19 response. Thank you to the students, instructors and others who have provided input about this website. We welcome your suggestions.

Policies on Recording and Grading for Academic Year 2020-2021

Health and Well-Being

Many students might be facing a prolonged period of isolation. Help can be found at the Student Health & Counseling Services website. Graduate students may also sign up for “Sounding Board” appointments to discuss academic and non-academic concerns and worries. Additional resources can be found at spring2020.uchicago.edu/student-resources/.

Learning and teaching remotely will also involve considerable time on computers or other devices. We should all work to prevent eye strain, backaches and other issues that can arise. Tips on wellness and telework can be found here.

The National Eye Institute (NEI) recommended the 20-20-20 rule for people who spend a lot of time working on computers: Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Find more information on the NEI Facebook page.

In addition, the following National Institutes of Health sites provide helpful wellness tools. https://www.nih.gov/health-information/physical-wellness-toolkit.

Students with Disabilities

Student Disability Services (SDS) works in collaboration with the University of Chicago faculty and staff to provide resources, support, and accommodations to ensure that all aspects of student life are accessible and inclusive of persons with disabilities. SDS staff work with students on an individual basis to determine reasonable accommodations to facilitate equitable access to learning and student life. For more information, please visit Student Disability Services and check back frequently for updates.

Please note that during this time SDS is fully operational in a virtual environment and they remain available for intake appointments with students via telephone, FaceTime and/or Zoom. For information on using accommodations, go to disabilities.uchicago.edu/students/using-accommodations/.

International Students

The Office of International Affairs provides advising services and supportive programming to the international community at the University of Chicago. OIA remains open to serving the international student and scholar community at the University of Chicago virtually. If you need to have documents shipped to you, please complete a request on the OIA website.

OIA’s website has a link to answers to frequently asked immigration-related questions specific to the University’s need to adopt procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with COVID-19. OIA will continue to update this page with immigration-related questions as they come up. If students have other questions and concerns, please email your designated OIA adviser. OIA will answer all email and telephone inquiries as quickly as possible.

Equal Opportunity Programs and Remote Learning

The University is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) provides leadership in specific areas that support this mission, including efforts to address sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment, ensuring accessibility, and coordinating efforts to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees, applicants, and job seekers.

EOP is fully operational in the remote environment and all EOP staff are available to assist members of the community.

Student Services

The University of Chicago provides comprehensive resources for students at spring2020.uchicago.edu/student-resources/. All students should visit the site for updated information about the many services, offices, individuals, and resources available to them during this time. College students can visit college.uchicago.edu/spring2020 for information and resources dedicated to helping College students navigate the impact of COVID-19 on spring break and Spring quarter. Graduate students can visit grad.uchicago.edu for more information about services and resources specifically tailored to the graduate student community.

Students experiencing financial challenges should first contact their dean of students. College students can review guidance provided at college.uchicago.edu/spring2020#FinancialAid.